The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous Menu and Dining Guide

 The entrance of The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous in Seuss Landing

The entrance of The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous in Seuss Landing

Why, ladies and gentlemen, youngsters and oldsters, your heads will quite likely spin right off your shouldsters!
— If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss

What Is The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous?

The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous is a Seuss themed quick service restaurant. The café's theme is based on the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Circus, which tells the tale of young Morris McGurk and his dreams of a creating an amazing circus in an empty lot behind Mr. Sneelock's ramshackle store. 
The restaurant is shaped like a giant circus tent. Guests sit indoors underneath the big top at small tables or in booths shaped like circus trains. The circus trains have names like "Rolf From the Ocean of Olf" and "The Remarkable Foon". There are also a few tables outside along the building if you would prefer to sit outdoors.

The food at Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous is definitely not stupendous, but the atmosphere is really fun, especially for kids and Seuss fans. The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride rolls through the top of the circus tent. It's fun to wave at people who are riding the train. You can also see trapeze artists and other Seuss-inspired circus acts dangling from the ceiling.

The menu is kid-friendly. If you're looking for something better than average or something that you can share among a couple of people, the 2-piece or 3-piece fried chicken platters are a good choice. They come with several sides and taste a little better than some of the other items. The whole pizzas are also shareable, but are a little pricey. You can find the same pizza over at Cafe 4 in Marvel Super Hero Island in Islands of Adventure. 

On rainy says, the Oh! The Stories You'll Hear show is often moved inside The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous, which makes the restaurant an excellent place to get out of the rain and watch a "dinner show". If you're looking for something to do (other than rides) after you leave The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous, you can stop by the Hop on Pop Ice Cream Shop for dessert or head over to the If I Ran the Zoo play area to burn off some steam. 

Location

The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous is located in Seuss Landing in Universal's Islands of Adventure. Look for the colorful orange-striped big top tent.

 The dining area inside The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous

The dining area inside The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous

 One of the circus train car booths inside The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous

One of the circus train car booths inside The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous

Hours

The hours at The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous vary. It usually opens at 11:00 a.m. with the rest of the park.

The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous Menu With Prices

Entrees

  • Super Spaghetti & Meatballs - $8.99 
  • Super Spaghetti & Meatballs Combo with Side Caesar Salad - $12.29 (UD)
  • Chicken Caesar Salad - $9.49 (UD)
  • Side Caesar Salad - $3.99 (UD)
  • 2-Piece Fried Chicken Platter With Corn on the Cob and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy - $10.99 
  • 2-Piece Fried Chicken Platter With Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Side Caesar Salad - $14.29  UD)
  • 3-Piece Fried Chicken Platter With Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Coleslaw, and Biscuit - $14.49 
  • 3-Piece Fried Chicken Platter With Corn on the Cob, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Coleslaw, Biscuit, and Side Caesar Salad - $17.69 (UD)
  • Cheeseburger With French Fries - $10.49 (Add bacon for $1.29) 
  • Cheeseburger With French Fries and Apple Pie Slice - $12.99 (UD) (Add bacon for $1.29)
  • Chicken Sandwich With French Fries - $10.99 (Add bacon for $1.29)
  • Chicken Sandwich With French Fries and Apple Pie Slice - $13.49 (UD) (Add bacon for $1.29)

Pizza

  • Jumbo Slice Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza - $8.99 
  • Jumbo Slice Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza With Side Caesar & Breadstick - $12.79 (UD) 
  • Whole Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza Pie - $31.99
  • Jumbo Slice Veggie Pizza - $9.99 
  • Jumbo Slice Veggie Pizza With Side Caesar and Breadstick (UD) - $13.79 
  • Whole Veggie Pizza Pie - $34.99
  • Jumbo Slice Specialty Pizza - $9.99 
  • Jumbo Slice Specialty Pizza With Side Caesar & Breadstick (UD) - $13.79 
  • Whole Specialty Pizza Pie - $34.99

Dippin' Dots

  • Dippin' Dots - $4.99 (UD)
  • Dippin' Dots Large (Lots of Layers) - $5.99
  • Dippin' Dots Sundae - $6.29
  • Dippin' Dots Float - $5.29

Bubbulous Beverages

  • Fountain Soda (Coca Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Fanta Orange, Barg’s Root Beer) - $3.29 (UD)
  • Powerade (Mountain Berry Blast) - $3.99 (UD)
  • Powerade (Fruit Punch) - $3.99 (UD)
  • Minute Maid Orange Juice - $2.29 (UD)
  • Minute Maid Apple Juice - $2.29 (UD)
  • Nestlé Pure Life Water - $2.99 (UD)

*Menu last updated February 2018. Items marked with (UD) are eligible for the Universal Dining Plan.

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The Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-Pendous Menu One

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The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast

Around the holidays, The Circus McGurkus Café Stoo-Pendous plays host to The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast on select mornings. This breakfast is a separately ticketed event (theme park admission is also required). It includes food and meet and greet photo opportunities with The Grinch and other Seuss characters. 

Character Breakfast Menu

The Grinch and Friend Character Breakfast includes several buffet selections. You can choose from:

  • Continental Breakfast (Fresh seasonal fruit, Greek yogurt, blueberry muffin, and a croissant)
  • All American Breakfast (Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and potato stars or grits and a croissant)
  • Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast (Green eggs, ham, and cheese sandwich on a with fresh seasonal fruit and potato stars or grits)
  • Pancake Breakfast (Three jumbo buttermilk pancakes with bacon, sausage, and potato stars or grits and a croissant)
  • Combo Breakfast (Three jumbo buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, with bacon, sausage, and potato stars or grits and a croissant)

Character Breakfast Tips

  • Reservations are required. 
  • Get an early reservation so you have lots of time to interact with The Grinch and the other characters.
  • If you cannot afford the breakfast but want to meet The Grinch, there is usually a free meet and greet scheduled with The Grinch and other Seuss characters later in the day. This typically takes place in front of the All The Books You Can Read, but may also happen in other parts of Seuss Landing.  
 The Grinch meeting a young guest at Universal during the holidays. Image credit: Universal Orlando Resort.

The Grinch meeting a young guest at Universal during the holidays. Image credit: Universal Orlando Resort.